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Insects

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of trends in the populations of pollinating insects in the last five years; (241060)

(2) what assessment he has made of trends in the populations of (a) bees, (b) moths, (c) butterflies, (d) beetles, (e) upwing flies and (f) other invertebrates in the last five years.

Trend data do not exist for all invertebrates, but have been collated for some groups, especially the more iconic ones, such as butterflies and bees. Only the longer term data sets can give a meaningful picture of the changes in trends rather than shorter term fluctuations.

Trends for UK Biodiversity Action Plan invertebrates are also assessed individually every three years through a national reporting round. The data from 2008 reporting will be available early in 2009.